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Topic: Reliability & Maintainability Questions and Answers

Topic Posted by: Reliability & Maintainability Forum ( )
Organization: System Reliability Center
Date Posted: Mon Aug 31 12:47:36 US/Eastern 1998

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Posted by: John Hoegbraathen ( )
Organization:Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace
Date posted: Thu Nov 23 11:24:37 US/Eastern 2000
Subject: Bent-pin analysis
I am going to do a "bent pin analysis" in one of our projects.This is to show that any single short circuit occuring as a result of a bent pin in one connector doesnt have an adverse effect on the equipment. Can anyone help me with analysis background information for this type of analysis?


Subject: Bent Pin Analysis
Reply Posted by: Bruce Dudley ( )
Organization: Reliability Analysis Center
Date Posted: Thu Nov 30 15:42:02 US/Eastern 2000
After a very detailed search of the Reliability Analysis Center's library and databases, we could not find previous procedures for bent pin testing. Since the staff has not experienced this type of testing, we cannot give any guidance.


Subject: Bent-pin Analysis
Reply Posted by: Floyd Kreuze ( )Honeywell International
Date Posted: Tue Dec 5 11:21:14 US/Eastern 2000
You will be "plowing new ground" here. I suggest using an FMECA approach [per MIL-STD-1629A Task 102] where you consider all pins in all connectors. What happens when each pin (in turn) contacts each adjacent pin (one at a time) would constitute failure modes you would have to analyze for failure effects. This might be a time-consuming analysis. Bent pins are definitely "real world" conditions and analyzing them could prove useful.

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